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Somalia: Dr Tedros Confers With UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Somalia

Allafrica
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Foreign Minister Dr Tedros met Nicholas Kay, UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Somalia to discuss recent developments in Somalia and IGAD's effort in assisting the peace talks between the Federal Government and political actors in Southern Somalia. Mr. Kay expressed his condolences for the death of the four crew members in an airforce plane crash in Mogadishu.

Appreciating the peace efforts neighboring countries were exerting in Somalia, Mr. Kay said the UN was ready to support IGAD's effort to start a dialogue between the Federal Government and Jubaland. He expressed the UN's keenness to see all remaining issues resolved and a political deal reached. Regarding assistance from the international community, Mr. Kay said the international community was not doing enough collectively, and he stressed the need to coordinate these efforts as well as the assistance given to Somalia.

Dr. Tedros said Ethiopia believed the positive role taken by Somalia's neighbors would help solve the country's problems and it was in that spirit that IGAD engaged itself in the peace talks between the Government and Jubaland. Ethiopia believed in the Somalia Federal Government's ownership and leadership in solving these problems in accordance with its priorities, he emphasized. Ethiopia's engagement with the Federal Government of Somalia and Jubaland was based on this principle, he emphasized and the two sides were the only ones who should solve their differences. Ethiopia was optimistic that this could be done through peaceful means. Ethiopia would do whatever necessary to help, as agreement among the political leaders in Somalia was vital to consolidate the gains made so far against Al-Shabaab.





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